Asparagus is the perfect springtime vegetable. It is fresh, filled with nutrients, versatile, and oh so versatile. With so many delicious vegan asparagus recipes to make, let’s celebrate that spring has arrived!
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There once was a time that I didn’t love asparagus.
I know, I know. It’s absolutely crazy.
But I thought the vegetable was soft and slimy and without flavor and altogether gross. Turns out, I just wasn’t cooking it right! Once I started seeing all the vegan asparagus recipes out there, I realized that I was just doing it wrong.
For the past several years, I’ve been making up for that by trying out new inventive ways to use up this perfect springtime vegetable when it’s in season. If you want to enjoy asparagus all spring with me, I’ve got a handful of suggestions and then a whole lotta recipe.
How to Pick Asparagus
When picking the perfect asparagus look for fresh asparagus stalks that are firm and straight. They should be a vibrant green with a small amount of white at the bottom of the spear.
If the asparagus is dull, wrinkly, or limp the asparagus is old and won’t taste fresh. Also, make sure the tips are not soft and mushy or the sprouts have begun to spread out as these indicate that the asparagus has gone bad.
How to Store Asparagus
Asparagus can last 3-4 days in the refrigerator. The best way to store it is to keep the ends wet while ensuring the tops stay dry.
To store the asparagus, trim 1/2″ from the ends of the stalks and place them in a large mason jar with about 1 inch of cold water. Cover the asparagus in a plastic bag. Alternatively, you can wrap the fresh-cut ends with a wet paper towel, place in a plastic bag, and store in the crisper of your refrigerator.
To freeze, snap off the white ends of the asparagus and wash cut them into 1-inch pieces. Before freezing, you’ll want to blanch the asparagus. This helps preserve the color and texture of the asparagus.
To blanch, bring 4 cups of water to a boil and then add the asparagus. Boil for 2 to 4 minutes before straining the asparagus through a colander. Quickly transfer the asparagus to an ice bath to stop them from cooking further.
Pat them dry and freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet. When frozen all the way through transfer the pieces to a ziplock bag. Freeze for up to two months.
12 Vegan Asparagus Recipes
More Vegetable Roundups
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That’s it! 12 DELICIOUS ways to use asparagus. What is your favorite way to eat asparagus? Tell me in the comments below.